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2023 Ford Transit Passenger Van XLT Gains Standard HID Headlights

Minor changes were introduced to the Ford Transit for the van’s 2022 model year. Certain models gained the 12-inch infotainment screen and SYNC 4 capabilities, while the smoker’s package was dropped across the board, as were the 3.31 non-limited and limited-slip rear axles. Another set of very small changes are on the way for the 2023 Ford Transit van, including the new virtual rearview mirror. Sources familiar with the matter have now told Ford Authority that the forthcoming Transit vans will feature HID headlamps as standard, at least for one variant in particular.

Previously, the Ford Transit Passenger Van XLT featured halogen headlamps as standard, but these will now be replaced with HID headlamps instead. Interestingly, the Transit Passenger Van XLT is the only trim level and configuration that will have the HID headlamps included as standard.

Along with the new standard HID headlamps, the 2023 Ford Transit will possibly gain a more capable variant known as the the Transit Trail, which will bring an off-road-ready van to the lineup, as previously reported by Ford Authority. That model already exists in Europe, but the U.S.-specific offering will feature some differences from its overseas counterpart, although concrete details about the model have yet to surface.

Sales Numbers - Full-Size Vans - Q2 2022 - USA

MODEL Q2 22 / Q2 21 Q2 22 Q2 21 Q2 22 SHARE Q2 21 SHARE YTD 22 / YTD 21 YTD 22 YTD 21
FORD TRANSIT -7.98% 22,327 24,262 35% 33% -24.93% 38,820 51,713
RAM PROMASTER -11.96% 15,961 18,129 25% 25% -12.82% 25,289 29,009
CHEVROLET EXPRESS +1.08% 12,687 12,552 20% 17% -26.78% 21,547 29,429
FORD E-SERIES -21.09% 5,336 6,762 8% 9% -27.68% 12,537 17,335
GMC SAVANA +24.96% 6,803 5,444 11% 8% -13.31% 9,788 11,291
NISSAN NV -99.98% 1 5,298 0% 7% -99.97% 3 9,372
TOTAL -12.88% 63,115 72,447 -27.11% 107,984 148,149

Since its introduction to the U.S. market as a 2015 model year vehicle, the Ford Transit hasn’t changed all that much as it enters its eighth model year stateside. The Blue Oval is certainly doing right by those in the market for a full-size van, as the Transit has consistently crushed its competition in terms of sales in the full-size van bracket. The van is clearly in high demand, commanding a 33 percent segment share in the second quarter of 2022. Its sales numbers remain high despite the fact that The Blue Oval is not offering any incentive toward the purchase or lease of the Ford Transit van yet again in August 2022.

We’ll have more on the 2023 Ford Transit soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Transit news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Howard \"Mac\" Dashney

    I was told by a Ford Dealer that the 2023 Ford Transit was going to be built on a E-350 chassis. It would have dual wheels along with an extended & heightened body. And, can only be purchased through Ford’s Commercial Dealer network. I see in Alexandra Purcell’s post that the 2023 Transit has single rear wheels and maybe an extended and heightened body. What exactly is Ford doing with the 2023 Ford Transit passenger vehicle.

    I work with Michigan School Districts that have been and are interested in using the Ford Transit as a 10-passenger vehicle pupil transportation vehicle. Districts are getting notices that their 2022 Transit orders have been cancelled and they must reorder. We are also being told the 2023 Transit is bigger and heftier than the 2022. However, looking at the picture in Alexandra’s article I only see a larger body but no rear duals and apparently no E-350 chassis. What is Ford doing and when will we get a definitive answer regarding the 2023 Ford Transit passenger vehicle?


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